JERUSALEM (Aug. 2)
The 1978-5738 State of Israel Bond Organization High Holydays campaign involving 2000 U.S. and Canadian synagogues was launched here by Israel Bond leaders from North America. This year’s campaign effort utilizing the theme “From Holocaust to Redemption” was signaled by a special conference ceremony at Yad Vashem and the Western Wall. Those synagogues in North America conducting an Israel Bond High Holydays appeal will receive an especially engraved and handcrafted shofar made in Israel to be used during the religious service, it was announced here.
“The sound of the shofar will soon be heard once again in houses of worship across the land. Its message is clear: it is a rallying call for ever greater unity and effort in providing moral and economic aid to Israel,” said Michael Arnon, president and chief executive officer of the Israel Bond Organization.
During the Yad Vashem ceremony, Stanley Tannenbaum of Chicago re-kindled the eternal memorial flame, and Jeanne Levin of Rockland County (N.Y.) and Max Nosanchik of Detroit laid a memorial wreath on the emtombed ashes of martyred Jews gathered from the crematoria of the infamous Nazi death camps.
Rabbi Irving Lehrman of Miami told Bond leaders assembled for a special ceremony at the Western Wall that “we have chosen as our theme for the coming High Holydays campaign ‘From Holocaust to Redemption,’ enabling Jewish communities in North America to reaffirm their sacred bond with the destiny of the Jewish people through the specific act of Israel Bond purchases.”
Lehrman read from a declaration of “Affirmation for Israel” to be signed by rabbis and laymen in the U.S. and Canada. The declaration contains a commitment to ensure that their congregations will participate in the Bond appeal effort and to urge every member through the purchase of an Israel Bond to declare: “Israel, you can count on me.”
The delegation is visiting Israel under the leadership of Sam Rothberg, general chairman of the Israel Bond Organization, and the sponsorship of the Israeli Ambassadors to the U.S. and Canada, Simcha Dinitz and Mordechai Shalev, respectively. They are participating in the inaugural four of Israel of the Ambassadors’ Society of Trustees, a lay division of the Bond Organization.